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Episode 32: ’80s Radical Sabbatical Virtual Festival


On today’s episode, Paul and Del welcome Claire Young and Caroline Connelly, founders of the upcoming ’80s Radical Sabbatical Virtual Festival. This incredible event will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 beginning at 12:00pm Central/1:00pm Eastern, and will be at least 8 hours. Check out the episode to get all the exciting details!

Once again, the following people will be performing:

  • Bret Michaels
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Grandmaster Flash (who will be taking us on a journey on the history of rap and hip-hop)
  • Sebastian Bach’s Vinyl Wino (You get a package of 4 bottles of wine, and he will be doing segments of drinking wine and talking music)
  • Lita Ford
  • Ray Parker Jr.
  • A Storytellers session with Jim Peterik of Survivor and Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship
  • Jessie’s Girl (an awesome 80s tribute band)
  • Resurrection (a Journey tribute band)
  • SupersonicBlonde (a band who will be playing a one-hit wonder song on the top of each hour from each year of the 80s)
  • Moriah Formica a young rock singer who got a 4-chair turn on The Voice.
  • A Q&A session with Mark Weiss, author of the book, The Decade That Rocked
  • In addition to all these, the festival kicks off with an aerobics class.
  • There will be a cooking clinic with Claudia Wells (the original Jennifer from Back to the Future) who will be cooking from the Back to the Future cookbook, which you can also get.
  • There is also a virtual photo booth, trivia, and all other games, including a costume contest and junior costume contest, and prizes.

There are all kinds of packages you can get with this festival. It is so exciting! And if that’s not enough, you can also do a video call with Sebastian Bach. Quantities are limited. So act now if you’d like to do that.

To get tickets, go to https://80sradsab.ticketspice.com/80sradsab

You can also connect with the ’80s Radical Sabbatical on the following social media accounts:

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Twitter: @80sRadSab

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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

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Remember That Song – 6/16/20

Can you name the artist and song:

There’s beauty up above
And things we never take notice of

Last Song: “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five from the album The Message (1982)

Great job Craig (@cdennis0130), Adora (@Adora2000), and A Wolfe (@adelecw)!!!

It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under


If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album covers below:

20 Album Challenge – Day 7

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.


In 1982, I listened to mainly rock music, and whatever was playing on the Top 40 station. Then one of my best friends got this 12-inch vinyl album by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five called “The Message”. I was blown away by this brand new genre called rap! We got into the new rage – break dancing. My friends and I would practice all kinds of break dancing moves. We got giant pieces of cardboard to spin on, and even spray painted logos on it. I was also thrilled when I got some parachute pants! Since rap was so new at the time, it was very difficult to find new music. There was The Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow. But, “The Message” was our go-to. It was a great song, and since it was a 12″ record, it played for a while before you had to start over or find another song.
I don’t have any old pictures of me in my parachute pants. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But here is the actual record that we played:

Here is The Message album on Spotify:

And if you’d like to get this album on Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 9 – A Song That You Can/Could Dance To

“The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Oh yeah, break out the cardboard!! Yes, in my very early teens I was very much caught in the wave of Break Dancing. I had the parachute pants and everything. My friends and I would throw down some cardboard, and then throw down some break dancing moves. I could spin really well on the cardboard. I also did the worm – forwards and backwards. We even threw in some moonwalking for good measure.

“The Message” was one of the only songs we had on tape that we could break dance to. Other than that, we would have to play the radio, and hope that some other rap song or dance song would come on.